John Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter said that she thought the photo spread in GQ would include headshots and not just sexy, body-baring photos.
"Rielle is a smart woman. She knows what she wore and what she was doing in the photo shoot," said GQ reporter Lisa DePaulo.
Hunter, a one-time videographer for Edwards' presidential campaign, posed for the pictures wearing only a man's button down white shirt, a string of pearls and panties. In some of the photos she is posed on a bed with stuffed animals piled around her. Her panties are peeking out in one frame.
A teary Hunter told ABC News' Barbara Walters she was repulsed by the sight of the sexy photos and thought all but one would be headshots, Walters said.
But GQ released a video of the shoot to "GMA" today and at one point the videographer asks Hunter, "You want to take a look at this?"
Despite the provocative nature of the photos and her comments in the interview, Edwards has so far remained silent.
In the interview, Hunter's first since her scandalous affair with Edwards exploded on headlines around the world in 2008, she said she believes her relationship with the former presidential candidate may be just beginning.
"We do love each other very much," Rielle Hunter told GQ magazine. "And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part. The love doesn't go away."
But former Edwards aide Andrew Young, who had at one time claimed paternity of the couple's love child, told ABCNews.com Monday that the interview with GQ only served to show the world that she has tapped into a well-paid "army of lawyers."
"I think all of us, we're all trying to find a way of reaching peace with what we've done," he said, before calling some of Hunter's claims in the article "ridiculous."
The public has skewered the former senator for cheating on his cancer-stricken wife and then denying his mistress' child, but Hunter insists he is the epitome of truthfulness and humility.
"Everyone talks about how Johnny has fallen from grace," Hunter, 45, told the magazine. "In reality, he's fallen to grace."
Months into the couple's passionate affair, Hunter said that when she told Edwards she was pregnant with his child, he seemed to want her to have an abortion.
"He ... always said that he would support whatever decision I made," Hunter told GQ. "But I believe on some level he was hoping that I would get an abortion. Because he didn't -- he wasn't happy about the timing. Which is understandable. He was married and running for president."
Representatives for both John and Elizabeth Edwards told ABC News that they would not be commenting on the GQ article.
The 10-page Q & A, done at the rental home where Hunter lives with her and Edwards' 2-year-old daughter Quinn, touches on her early days with Edwards, the frustration of watching him deny their child and what she says are gargantuan untruths told by former Edwards aide Andrew Young.
"To me it kind of confirms what a lot of people thought of Rielle," Young said of the GQ article. When pushed to clarify, he hedged. "That she's a little bit of a different type of person."